The entrepreneurs honored during the 14th European Economic Congress in Katowice distinguished themselves in a unique way by helping the citizens of Ukraine. The “heart vectors” awarded to them are special vectors, awarded for achievements that go beyond standard activities in the socio-economic space in exceptional and episodic situations.
The event was hosted by Wironika Marczuk, President of the TPU Friends of Ukraine Association in Poland. The awards were presented by the President of the Employers of the Republic of Poland, Rafai Banjak, and the Ukrainian Ambassador to Poland, Andrzej Deschica. Rafai Banjak, who emphasized the commitment of Polish entrepreneurs to help our eastern neighbors:- I am proud of the attitude of Polish companies to the situation in Ukraine and its translation into what is happening in our country. They organize the relocation of thousands of refugees, donating money, medicine, food, clothing, sanitation and hygiene. The amount of in-kind assistance now amounts to more than 200 million PLN. Ukrainian citizens can count on residence, assistance in finding a job that meets their qualifications, legal support in organizing their stay in Poland – said Mr.Biography of the Council of Employers of the Republic of Poland.
The Heart Vectors Award was awarded to:
- Rafai Przoska, Chairman of Integer Capital Group, on whose behalf the award was received by InPost Marketing Director Izabela Karolczyk
- Seok Won Choi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of LG Energy Solution Wrocław Sp. z oo, which was awarded to Piotr Blachura’s Director of Human Resources
- Artur Kazenko, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kazar Group Sp. Zoo
- Peter Krupa, Chairman of Kruk SA
- Ravi Kobedora, Chairman, IF Nation Group Sp. Zoo
- Michal Mirziyevsky, Chairman, Philip Morris Polska and the Baltic States
- Thomas Misyak, founder of Mizyak Investment Fund LTD,
- Ravi Sonic, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gemini Holding Sp. Zoo.,
- Wojciech Trojanowski, Member of the Board of Directors of STRABAG Sp. Zoo
- Patrick Urban, founder of the Siepomaga Foundation
- Andrzej Wasilewski, Chairman of the Board of Management of MAK Ubezpieczenia Sp. Zoo
- Artur Szaczynski, Deputy Medical Director, Central Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of the Interior and Administration in Warsaw
The Vector of the Heart Award was also awarded to the Ukrainian ambassador to Poland, Andrij Deszczica. Presenting the award, Rafai Banjak, Chairman of the Council of Employers of Poland, said that the Ukrainians also showed an open heart and courage in the fight against the Russian aggressor: To the hands of the Ambassador, I present this award to the entire Ukrainian nation, which is also fighting for Poland He said Bunny lift.
During the award ceremony, Thomas Misyak, founder of Mizyak Investment Fund LTD confirmed:
From the first moments of the brutal Russian aggression against Ukraine, we knew we had to come to the rescue. It was known that the government side had to develop plans, procedures, arrangements, and so on. It is taking a long time and emergency measures were needed immediately. We made decisions in a matter of minutes – over the phone, texting, and via messenger on the phone. We were able to mobilize a large group of Polish businessmen, representatives of NGOs, the church, local government and public institutions. “Beyond the Divisions” group. On the communication device, we’ve connected businesses and people looking for goods or services with those who provide them – essentially for free. But all of them – nearly 250 companies, organizations and individuals – work with one goal – to help our Ukrainian friends. We work practically 24 hours a day. It’s amazing how much good energy can be mustered, and how many good things are done. But we know that the list of needs is not decreasing at all. That is why we continue to work.
The “Carriers of Hearts” were awarded to individuals and companies primarily to create a space where a heart dedicated to friends from Ukraine transcends divisions. The prize is a distinction to make the seemingly impossible come true, as well as to show direction to others in the situation in which modern Europe first found itself.
The unprecedented Russian aggression and invasion of Ukraine is the war that is happening now. On the border of the European Union, just over 300 kilometers from here, what seemed impossible in the 21st century has become a reality. Abroad, there are also entrepreneurs who, just like us today, talked about the future of the economy a few months ago, and today their owners, managers and employees are fighting for their country. Therefore, we have a moral obligation to respond. Immediately, powerfully and steadily. We must honor these statements and verbal commitments with action. I thank you for this distinction and I ask for the support of this brave fighting country. We also try to help as much as we can. And I arrived in Kharkiv on Monday evening, the “Polish Hearts” convoy, a train loaded with half a thousand tons of humanitarian aid, which we organized in just 3 weeks. I think we, as a Polish company, have not said the last word yet and urge you to be more involved – the Ukrainians are also fighting for us, our families and our companies – let’s be indifferent! – resume Rafai Brzoska, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Integer Capital Group.
While receiving the award, the President of Philip Morris Polska and the Baltic States, Michał Mierzejewski, spoke about the importance of the stand of solidarity with the Ukrainian nation:- Solidarity with the Ukrainian nation was clear to us from the first hours of the war. It began with a heartfelt reaction, namely, support for the safe evacuation of employees and their families from the Ukrainian branch of the company. 1,100 people were transported safely (mainly across the Polish border) within twelve days or so. All Ukrainian employees can count on the support of Philip Morris at all times. We also help refugees and those who remain in the attacked country. Our employees from 80 branches around the world have collected more than 2 million PLN, which the company also added. Philip Morris also decided to transfer 43 million PLN in the first batch of humanitarian aid, which goes through NGOs to those in need: those who remained in Ukraine, but also those who were forced to leave their homeland in recent weeks. – pointed out Michał Mierzejewski, Chairman and Managing Director of Philip Morris Polska and the Baltic States.
Community of employers united in helping Ukraine
Employers in the Republic of Poland in cooperation with Corporate Connections, BNI Polska, the Polish Business Council, the Leviathan Confederation, the Association of Employers of Business Center Clubs, the Polish-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and the Siepomaga Foundation in the early days of the conflict in Ukraine launched a campaign to help its citizens.
Affiliated organizations provide premises, accommodation, transportation, legal support and translation to Ukrainians and companies that are able to offer such jobs. In addition to the assistance, which each company also provides individually, a fundraising campaign is being conducted as part of the “Pomok Ukraine” campaign on the siepomag.pl portal, the account of which has already received almost 50 million PLN.
The hosts of the evening were: Employers of the Republic of Poland and the organizer of the European Economic Conference – PTWP Group and Personnel Services Corporation.